The round form in the center of this work suggests rotation and the illusion of inward pull. Small collaged circles bring to mind the flickering effect of circular motion, like that of the rotating bicycle wheel that fascinated Suzanne Duchamp's brother Marcel Duchamp, and that he mounted in his first readymade. Suzanne maintained a close transatlantic correspondence with Marcel (she lived in Paris and he in New York during these years), and they shared a deep interest in optical effects and linguistic punning. In bringing together the nouns “Solitude” and “Funnel,” the work’s ambiguous title suggests a mechanical equivalent for a psychological state.
Gallery label from Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925, December 23, 2012–April 15, 2013.